Monthly Archives: September 2014

Child’s Play: Creating Modern Kids Rooms

At EVOKE, we love creating modern homes that not only feature forward-thinking design, but that also keep your family and lifestyle in mind. For families with children, we listen closely to your needs for kid-friendly spaces. Decorating these modern kids rooms doesn’t have to be difficult; we think organization and simplicity are key to fending off inevitable chaos. Here are some helpful tips for creating stylish kids spaces:

Go Bold

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Modern kids room

Fun colors aren’t always fitting for every area of the home, but kid’s rooms tend to be high-energy spaces where play and imagination reign supreme. For example, mixing cool and warm color tones in one space is often a design no-no, but a kid’s space is the perfect place to experiment with color, pattern and texture. In the space above, we love how the orange bunk beds and other orange furnishings complement the pale blue storage closet, rug and step storage.

A Designated Hobby Space

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Kids Art Corner from Dwell Studio

Kids with hobbies or a favorite activity will naturally let that hobby take over their whole room. To prevent this, we recommend creating a designated hobby space where all supplies for that hobby are tucked into a single area. The kids art corner above has small nooks for drawing paper, finger paints, scissors, paintbrushes and other small items as well as large storage bins for larger items like playdough or modeling clay. We love the nearby section of chalkboard paint that allows kids to create fresh wall art whenever they want.

Think Storage

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Toy Store from Dwell Studio

Kids are notorious packrats, and let’s face it, many of us can’t bear to part with all our children’s art projects and favorite toys they’ve outgrown. Attractive storage options are imperative to keeping your kid’s space orderly. We recommend beds with built-in storage, storage bins on the bottom shelf of bookcases, tall storage baskets, and open storage spaces like the one above for items that your kids play with most regularly. With open storage, your kid’s favorite toys and games are out of the way yet still in plain sight.

Indoor Play Room

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Modern indoor treehouse with working drop-down bridge

In the rainy Pacific Northwest, kids are often stuck indoors more often than they’d like. Indoor play spaces serve as fun kids hideaways for sleepovers and playtime. The beautiful modern indoor treehouse above is one of the more amazing indoor play spaces we’ve seen, but less space-consuming options are available as well. Some of our favorites include kids teepees and mini play castles.

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Photos from top to bottom via Interior24.net; DwellStudio.com; DwellStudio.com; and Design-Milk.com)

Taking Shape: Geometric Furniture for the Modern Home

Geometric shapes cultivate a comforting sense of completion in a home with their grid-like precision and repeating patterns, fitting squarely (no pun intended) into midcentury modern, modern industrial or ultramodern design themes. Some of the most versatile geometric prints and shapes include diamonds, hexagons, stripes or Greek key patterns, HGTV explains.

The geometric look can be incorporated in small doses through unassuming fabric patterns and accents, or you can go big with geometric-shaped furnishings and whole-room wallpaper. Here are some excellent examples of geometric furniture to inspire your own decorating:

Geometric Wood Furnishings

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The Permutohedron Side Table by Thomas Hayes Studio

We love the idea of abandoning traditional side tables for works of art like these hexagonal pieces, which would serve equally well as eclectic seating options or functional side tables to be topped with books or lamps. The gem-like facets show off the character of the wood, which is pictured above in dark walnut, but is also available in natural walnut as well as dark and light rosewood.

Geometric-Industrial Furnishings

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Milo Baughman Geometric Coffee Table

You can combine geometric styling with modern industrial design through the use of tough metals like the bronze rods used in this geometric coffee table. The glass top offers the advantage of allowing the eye to focus on the beautiful grid design of the table base — or even a statement rug beneath. With a piece like this, the eye sees a different aspect depending on which point in the room you are standing.

Geometric Patterns

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Jonah Armchair from Made.com with Hexagonal-Weave Pattern

The hexagonal patterns of the fabric on the chairs and accompanying footstools above create a lovely effect. We love how these chairs blend the geometric tend with midcentury modern design—the gentle curves of the chairs give off a contemporary flair while clearly echoing the mod design of the ‘60s.

Geometric Shelving

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Distressed Grey Bookshelf from Coleman Furniture

Another way to incorporate geometric elements in your home is through shelving. This book case draws the eye through both its own form and the assorted treasures it holds.

Final Touches

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Sizzling Colors Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp in Dove Gray from Shades of Light

You can finish off a geometric design with multi-faceted lamp bases and vases, geometric-print throw pillows and even paperweights and candlesticks. The lamp above comes in a variety of neutral and jewel tones to fit any color scheme.

Do you have any geometric pieces in your home? Tell us about them in the comments below!

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Photos from top to bottom via ThomasHayesStudio.com; DouglasRosin.com; Made.com; ColmanFurniture.com; and ShadesOfLight.com)